God Himself is Present

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Melody - "Wunderbarer K├Ânig" or "Arnsberg," Joachim Neander, Bundes-Lieder, 1680
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Gerhard Teerstegen, 1729; tr. Frederick W. Foster (1760-1835) and John Miller (1756-1790); German text

God Himself is present:
Let us now adore Him,
And with awe appear before Him.
God is in His temple,
All within keep silence,
Prostrate lie with deepest reverence.
Him alone God we own,
Him our God and Savior;
Praise His Name forever.
2. God Himself is with us:
Hear the harps resounding!
See the crowds the throne surrounding!
"Holy, holy, holy,"
Hear the hymn ascending,
Songs of saints and angels blending!
Bow Thine ear to us here:
Hear, O Christ, the praises
That Thy church now raises.
3. O Thou fount of blessing,
Purify my spirit;
Trusting only in Thy merit,
Like the holy angels
Who behold Thy glory,
May I ceaselessly adore Thee,
Let Thy will Ever still
Rule Thy Church terrestrial
As the hosts celestial.


Note: The English hymn is really only verses 1,2, and 4. 3 through 8 were never translated.

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